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Enid Plante, interviewed by Tom Spurling and Jean Swift, 17 January 1986
Enid was the first female appointed to the Physical Chemistry Section of the CSIR Division of Industrial Chemistry at the age of 21.
John Stocker, interviewed by Tom Spurling and Terry Healy, 25 May 2018
John Stocker held the position of Chief Executive at CSIRO from 1990 to 1995
RV Investigator skidding time-lapse
The 93.9 metre research vessel, which weighs 6,082 ton, was moved from the wharf to a barge using a hydraulic system, and then towed to a dock, where the barge was submerged, leaving the vessel floating.
Parkes radio telescope and the Apollo 11 Moon landing
In July 1969, the Parkes Observatory played an important role in history, when it received and broadcast the first Moon landing, Apollo 11.
Mary Ann Augustin
Mary Ann Augustin has had several science leadership and multi-disciplinary project leader roles at CSIRO. Her main area of research is in protein structure and immunoparasitology.
Gerald Lightfoot [1877–1966]
Mr. Lightfoot came to Australia in 1906 and joined the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics where he was responsible for establishing the Bureau's Labour and Industrial Branch and extending it to the main industrial centres of the Commonwealth.
The Mutton Birds of Bass Strait (1956)
The Mutton Bird (Puffinus tenuirostris) has been the basis of a successful, if little-known, Tasmanian industry for more than a century. Each year millions of fledglings are harvested for their carcasses and oil.
The Pleuro Story (1973)
Bovine Contagious Pleuropneumonia was once the most-dreaded disease of the Australian cattle industry. Introduced into Australia in 1858, it spread to all the major cattle areas causing the loss of livestock markets, both local and overseas.